Super Bowl XLVIII

Super BowlIn Seattle, the controversy from Richard Sherman’s postgame rant about Michael Crabtree and the 49ers has quieted down.

While in Denver, the buildup of Peyton Manning’s return to the Super Bowl is heating up. Following what may have been the best championship weekend in recent NFL history, the hype for Super Bowl XLVIII couldn’t be any bigger.

How fitting is it to see Manning, who maybe had the best season for a quarterback in NFL history, going against the Legion of Boom, perhaps the most talented secondary put together in a couple of decades? Here are just a few of the many storylines of Super Bowl XLVIII.

1. Sherman at the podium and on the field was a story line to remember for sure. Though Sherman might be one of the game’s best trash talkers, he’s also one of the most intelligent interviewers in sports. Sherman will talk football, politics or life in general, and often this is misinterpreted. The anticipation is he will speak positively about the Denver Broncos. A student of the game, Sherman appreciates what Manning has meant to the NFL, but he’s also honest enough to say Manning’s passes wobble more than they did when he was a younger quarterback. We’ll see if Sherman gets trapped into some controversies with the deluge of media expected this week.

2. Champ Bailey finally reaching the Super Bowl is for sure one of the best stories of Super Bowl XLVIII. For 15 seasons, he’s been one of the best cornerbacks in the game and will get Hall of Fame consideration when he retires. He suited up for only five regular-season games in 2013 starting three because of injuries. Chris Harris’ season-ending knee injury has thrust Bailey back into the starting lineup and it should be interesting to see how he holds up.

3. Will Sherman cover Demaryius Thomas? Thomas is Denver’s most dangerous threat in the passing game because of his speed and size. It will be interesting to see if Carroll decides to move Sherman, who normally plays on the left side of the field, to cover the Pro Bowler Thomas. If not, responsibility for stopping Thomas will fall on Byron Maxwell, whom Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn says is as fundamentally sound as any cornerback in his talented secondary.

4. Peyton’s legacy: Manning has a chance to earn his second Super Bowl ring and earn it in the stadium his younger brother, Eli, works in and would vanquish some of the disappointments of 11 playoff trips in which his last game was a loss. He would have as many rings as his brother and be one shy of Tom Brady. But if he loses…

There are countless storylines and we have just named a few. Which one are you watching? Come on down to the Saloon this Sunday, grab a beer and watch your storyline unfold!


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